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Thursday, February 7, 2013
Four-star Vols signee wants shot at Tide

By Dave Hooker

The Alabama-Tennessee rivalry has some new spice.

“Alabama," four-star quarterback Riley Ferguson told WNML radio when asked what team he most wanted to play against in college after he enrolls at Tennessee. "Through the recruiting process, I feel like there are some little things that have happened.

"I’m just ready to get back at them, that’s just the bottom line. I’m ready to play Alabama and hopefully show them the mistake that they made in not getting me.”

When asked what he didn't like about Bama's recruitment of him, Ferguson said he was upset that he visited Tuscaloosa last summer despite the fact that the Crimson Tide already had two quarterback commitments unbeknownst to him.

“They didn't tell me until I got all the way back home, so my mom spent like $1,500 just to get me there and back for the camp," the No. 212 prospect in the 2013 class said. "And they finally didn’t tell me that they didn’t have room for me until I got back home so I was pretty upset about that. But it is what it is.

"The week after that Tennessee called me and it all worked out. I’m just ready to get to work at Tennessee first and get that starting job and we’ll go from there.”

Strangely enough, Ferguson, who is from Matthews (N.C.) Butler, said Alabama tried to recruit him after Derek Dooley was fired at Tennessee. He wasn't interested.

"I told them, ‘I don't understand what’s different now than earlier in the year.’ " Ferguson said "And they were like, ‘Throughout the season we realized how good of a player you are. We like your film’ and all this stuff. They just had a whole bunch of reasons but I was like, ‘I’m committed to Tennessee. It doesn’t really matter.’ ”

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Ferguson is rated the No. 16 pocket passer in the country. He is the No. 6 prospect in North Carolina. Ferguson committed to Tennessee in June and signed with the Volunteers on Wednesday.